Monday, August 13, 2012

Getting Started

It's been a busy month! One day until school starts, and I'm so excited! Students will be too on the first day. They're going to want to get their iPad soon as possible, and I don't blame them. After all they have been awaiting this day since May. My plan is to hand out iPads right away. As students enter the room they will have a "Student Pledge for iPad Use" sheet on their desk. They must read over the pledge, write down any questions they may have and be ready to sign it after I review it with the class. After they have read the "Student Pledge for iPad Use" sheet they are to complete a short technology survey. Once school has officially started we will have some introductions, review the "Student Pledge for iPad Use" sheet, and I will begin handing out iPads. It will be a busy first block.

My district has a technology use policy that parents and students agree to and sign, but their is not one specifically for iPads.  I wanted to have something specific to the iPad, so I googled and found that many districts have iPad usage handbooks. After reading through a few, I came across Bellows Free Academy Fairfax Middle School's handbook and liked their "Student Pledge for iPad Use." I decided to tweak it and thus the "Student Pledge for iPad Use" sheet  I will be using was created.  Here is the link to my form Student Pledge for iPad Use.

With the one-to-one iPad initiative technology will be integrated into just about every lesson, so giving students a technology survey will give me an idea as to the various skill levels. Here is a short survey I will be giving students on the first day: Technology Survey.

After students have their iPads I will show them how to use the camera and photo booth. The first day is always a great day for picture taking! Smile :)